American star Meghan Trainor has responded to a South African dance video that went viral — and she’s loving it!
The video, which was viewed more than 330 000 times yesterday, just 24 hours after it was posted, features a group of local dancers jolling to her hit, Me Too.
And just like choreographer and co-director Rudi Smit intended, the video caught the attention of Trainor.
In a emoji laden tweet, Meghan retweeted the video, gushing: “WOW WOW WOW UNBELIEVABLE, slay my life! #MeToo #RudiSmit”
To which a delighted Rudi responded: “Yassss! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the support. We LOVE your music! #MeghanTrainorDanceSA”
Rudi, 23, from Durbanville, says he made the video because he wanted to show Meghan, and the world, what they’ve been missing in South Africa.
He has been dancing since the age of nine, and has been teaching and choreographing dance moves for the past 11 years.
“Dancers are always in the background on music videos, and I was tired of being in the back,” says Rudi.
After hearing Meghan’s hit, the idea for a video just featuring dancers came to him.
Rudi says his idea was based roughly on the Mean Girls movie, where two groups of school girls face off against each other.
The video was shot at Norman Henshilwood High School in Constantia, and at Milnerton High School.
Rudi explains: “I heard the song and the Mean Girls concept just came into my head and I was driven to record the video.”
Five weeks and just two rehearsals later, his video did not only go viral, but Meghan saw it and loves it too.
The 28 dancers are all from Rudi’s crew, Untimitive, formed seven years ago.
He adds: “I died after seeing Meghan’s tweet responding to our video. Our ultimate goal would be for her to come down and do her next music video with us as the dancers.”
Rudi says they’ve also tagged US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on social media, hoping for an invitation to her show.